On October 8th at 2:17 PM MDT, my trusty Time Indiglo watch finally went kaput.
After 15 years, multiple band changes, and one battery change, the water resistance finally failed during a recent packrafting trip.
I replaced it with a similar but different model, slightly larger, has different styling, and is (slightly!) more stylish. I hope to have this watch for about 15 years as well.
Why carry an analog watch in 2022?
Of course, using an analog watch may seem a bit old school, primarily if you worked in technology, as I have been on and off for most of my adult life.
So why do I still use an analog watch?
A few different reasons –
- My insurance company gave me a FitBit after my yearly physical as an incentive. I tried it but didn’t like it.
Sure, I received a heart rate update, and it pleased me that over two years of regular fitness kept it on the lower side. And interesting to see the estimated calorie burn. But, go figure, all it told me was that the longer or more intense I worked out, the more calories I burned.
Like many people in corporate environments, I feel the core customer of FitBits tend to like their metrics and measurements. I’ll go by a quickly beating heart, sweat factor, and the pleasant muscle soreness to let me know I worked out well, had a brisk bike ride, or had a vigorous weekend of outdoor activity. And the accuracy of fitness trackers is suspect, anyway.
And it’s a pain to tell time with it vs. a simple and quick check with my analog watch.
- I have a smartphone, but I’m not sure I want a smartwatch.
More to charge, harder to protect for outdoor use, more money, another device, a clunky UI, and the idea of getting a constant stream of notifications do not appeal to me.
- I like the aesthetics of an analog watch.
A bit anachronistic, perhaps, but I prefer the look of analog to digital when it comes to everyday use.
- During my wilderness first aid/responder training, an analog watch makes it easier to take vital signs.
Luckily that I haven’t had to use the skills in the field, I think it’s telling that an RN and an MD both had analog watches for this class vs. the majority of other students.
- For dead reckoning, easier for me to glance at a watch vs. pulling out my phone.
More useful in areas with defined trails, but still a tool in the navigation kit I’ll pull out fairly often.
Perhaps in the future, I’ll get something different. For now, I prefer the utility, practical nature, price, and aesthetics of an analog watch with a proven track record. Ask me again in fifteen years.